Christian Settipani

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Christian Settipani
Born (1961-01-31) 31 January 1961 (age 56)
Occupation IT technical director, genealogist, historian, author

Christian Settipani (born 31 January 1961) is a French genealogist, historian and IT professional, currently working as the Technical Director of a company in Paris.


Settipani holds a Master of Advanced Studies from the Paris-Sorbonne University (1997) and received a doctorate in history in December 2013 from the University of Lorraine with a dissertation entitled Les prétentions généalogiques à Athènes sous l'empire romain ("Genealogical claims in Athens under the Roman Empire"). He lectures at the Paris-Sorbonne University, the University of Marne la Vallée, the University of Lyon, and the Paul Verlaine University – Metz, and also collaborates with the laboratory USR 710 of the Centre National de La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), working on their annual publication "L'année épigraphique".[citation needed]

Settipani is best known for his work on the genealogy and prosopography of elites in Europe and the Near East.[1][2] He has given particular attention to the possibility of genealogical continuity between families of late antiquity and families of the early mediaeval period, as revealed by shared naming patterns amongst them. Settipani is co-founder and general editor with Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan of the publication series of the Unit for Prosopographical Research at Linacre College of Oxford University.

Settipani's work is an important example of the trend in early mediaeval historical studies away from the idea, dominant for centuries,[3][4] that elites of the late Roman Empire were entirely displaced in the West by unrelated Germanic invaders and "new men" or, alternatively, that to the extent they may not have been displaced memories of their origins and ties have become irretrievably obscured.[5][6] This revision has contributed to better understanding of familial relations, society, and politics in that era, through a broad presentation of the subject matter, extensive citation of prior research and alternative viewpoints, and solutions to genealogical and prosopographical questions;[7] Settipani has published his own work and has been extensively cited in scholarly papers and books on early mediaeval western European history.[8][9][10][11][12] However, a few scholars have expressed concern that Settipani's presentation lacks accessibility, and that the very breadth and volume of the material which he treats in a single work tend to make it more difficult to evaluate his conclusions and their implications for specific historical contexts.[13]


The earlier works were originally published by Éditions Francis Christian in French. Later works have been released via other publishers.

  • Les ancêtres de Charlemagne, 1989
  • Nos ancêtres de l'Antiquité, 1991
  • Christian Settipani, La préhistoire des Capétiens, 1993
  • Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale, 2000
  • Onomastique et Parenté dans l'Occident médiéval, 2000, Settipani and K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, editors
  • La noblesse du Midi Carolingien, 2004
  • Continuité des élites à Byzance durant les siècles obscurs. Les princes caucasiens et l'Empire du VIe au IXe siècle, 2006
  • Les ancêtres de Charlemagne. 2nd edition, 2014

See also


  1. ^ Mathisen, 1999, pp. 22-26.
  2. ^ Bouchard, 2001, p. 152.
  3. ^ Bouchard, 2001, p.13
  4. ^ Taylor, 2001, p. 129
  5. ^ Barbry, 2011
  6. ^ Taylor, 2001
  7. ^ Taylor, 2001
  8. ^ Mathisen, 1999, p. 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, 269
  9. ^ Bouchard, 2001, p. 196 and numerous other citations
  10. ^ Heinzelmann, 2001, p. ix, 15, 22, 25
  11. ^ Beech, 2004, p. 286 "In presenting the latest views about the family origins and affiliations of the great noble families of southern France in the Carolingian period, this book will be indispensable to any scholar seeking information about the individuals and families in question."
  12. ^ Werner, 1997 p. 15
  13. ^ Halfond, 2008, p. 388


  • Ralph Mathisen, Ruricius of Limoges and Friends: A Collection of Letters from Visigothic Gaul. Liverpool University Press(1999)
  • Constance Brittain Bouchard, Those of My Blood: Constructing Noble Families in Medieval Francia. University of Pennsylvania Press. (2001) [1]
  • Bernard S. Bachrach, "Some observations on the origins of the Angevin dynasty", Medieval Prosopography 10 no. 2 (1989): 1-24.
  • Christian Settipani, "Les comtes d'Anjou et leur alliances aux Xe et XIe siècles", in K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, ed., Family Trees and the Roots of Politics (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1997): 211-267.
  • Greg Halfond, "Review of La Noblesse du Midi carolingien: Études sur quelques grandes familles d'Aquitaine et du Languedoc du IXe au XIe siècles, Toulousain, Périgord, Limousin, Poitou, Auvergne. Prosopographica et Genealogica", in the Medieval Review. vol. 5. pp. 388.
  • Nathaniel L. Taylor, "Roman Genealogical Continuity and the 'Descents-from-Antiquity' Question. A Review Article" in The American Genealogist 76 (2001), 129-136. [2]
  • Martin Heinzelmann, Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century. Cambridge University Press, (2001) [3]
  • Karl Ferdinand Werner, "L'apport de la prosopographie à l'histoire sociale des élites", in K.S.B. Keats-Rohan ed., Family Trees and the Roots of Politics. Woodbridge, (1997), 1-21.
  • Beech, George, Review of La Noblesse du Midi carolingien: Études sur quelques grandes familles d'Aquitaine et du Languedoc du IXe au XIe siècles, Toulousain, Périgord, Limousin, Poitou, Auvergne. Prosopographica et Genealogica", in Medieval Prosopography, Vol. 25 (2004) pp. 235–236
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